Foot­ball - Barcelona of­fi­cial re­lieved from role af­ter Messi com­ment

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A Barcelona of­fi­cial has been dis­missed from an in­sti­tu­tional-re­la­tions role af­ter he said Lionel Messi would not be as good if he didn’t have great team­mates, the club an­nounced yes­ter­day. Barcelona said it re­lieved Pere Grat­a­cos from his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties be­cause “he pub­licly ex­pressed a per­sonal opin­ion that did not co­in­cide with the opin­ion of the en­tity.” Grat­a­cos was re­spon­si­ble for the club’s in­sti­tu­tional re­la­tions with the Span­ish foot­ball fed­er­a­tion. Barcelona said he will re­main work­ing on other projects within the club. The of­fi­cial told Span­ish me­dia af­ter the Copa del Rey draw on Fri­day that “Leo is one of the most im­por­tant play­ers of the team, but he wouldn’t be as good with­out Ney­mar, (Luis) Suarez, (Ger­ard) Pique, (An­dres) Ini­esta and the rest of the play­ers.” He added that “ob­vi­ously Messi is the best player.” Grat­a­cos was an­swer­ing a ques­tion about Messi’s im­por­tance af­ter the team ad­vanced to the Copa quar­ter­fi­nals with a win over Ath­letic Bil­bao on Wed­nes­day, when Messi scored a de­ci­sive free kick goal. The of­fi­cial’s com­ments came as Messi, a five-time world player of the year, is re­port­edly ne­go­ti­at­ing a new con­tract with the Cata­lan club. The 29-year-old Ar­gen­tine has 12 goals in the last 11 games. He’s scored de­ci­sive free kick goals in all three of Barcelona’s matches this year.

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